Subject: 25 Book Award Contests for 2015

Dear Friend,

Here's a list of 25 Book Award Contests you can participate in 2015:

First and foremost I want to mention the one I like most:

Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest ( I participated last year and I won! I went to the Miami Awards Ceremony, had a blast and made invaluable connections.

Deadline is April 1st. You can win one of $20,000 in prizes just for entering and you get a chance to have your book made into a movie or TV show by Wind Dancer Films. All winners get free certificates, medals, sticker seals and digital seals. They also get displayed at the International Miami Book Fair free of charge and there are many more perks! Fee: $89

And now let's look at all the rest (you have to do your own due diligence before registering, I’m just listing these for you):

Jan 2015, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - the 2015 contest hasn’t been announced yet but watch out for it as the submission window is very narrow. Last year the grand prize was $50,000 and a publishing contract while each of the other four finalists received an Amazon Publishing contract and a $15,000 advance - worth trying! It’s sponsored by Amazon and Amazon gives the winners a lot of visibility!

Jan 15th 2015, ForeWord Reviews (, fee $99. The awards honor great indie books with over 248 winners in 62 categories annually. Eligible for any independently published titles in any format—including eBooks—published in 2014. 

Jan 21st 2015, Eric Hoffer Awards (, fee $55. Grand prize is $2,000.

Feb 13th 2015, Indie Book Awards (, fee $75. The top 70 books will be forwarded to a leading literary agent for review and possible representation.

Feb 28th 2015, Beverly Hills Book Awards (, fee $75.

March 2nd 2015, Indie Reader's Discovery Awards (, fee $150. The “IndieReader Discovery Awards” are open to indie authors who have self-published books. Books have to have a valid ISBN or ASIN number. There are no restrictions on pub dates. Both eBooks and paper books can be submitted.

March 23rd 2015, Parents' Choice Awards (, fee $100. The Parents' Choice Awards committees look for products that entertain and teach with flair, stimulate imagination and inspire creativity. Judges are interested in how a product helps a child grow in many ways: socially, intellectually, emotionally, ethically, and physically. Products must be free of racial or gender bias. Above all, products must not extol violence.

March 31st 2015, The National Indie Excellence Book Awards (, fee $69. As a winner or finalist you can highlight your award on your marketing materials. You can also both download the seal to print on your book and order stickers to put on each book you have already printed. Award stickers will be available for purchase as well as Certificates.

March 31st 2015, SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant (, must be a member of the SCBWI (annual fee $85). You must be a current SCBWI member when your work is submitted and when the award is announced in September.
You may not submit a work that is under contract.  If the work becomes under contract before the award is announced, you will become ineligible.
You may submit to only one WIP grant category per year.

April 1st 2015, Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest  (, fee $89 (details above this list).

April 1st 2015, Writer's Digest Book Awards (, fee $99. Possibility to win $8,000 in cash. National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers. A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference.

April 25th 2015, Paris Book Festival (, fee $50. The grand prize for the 2015 Paris Book Festival is a $1000 appearance fee and a flight to the awards ceremony in Paris, France in May, 2015.

April 25th 2015, San Francisco Book Festival (, fee $50. The grand prize for the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival winner is $1500 cash appearance fee and a flight to San Francisco for the gala awards ceremony on May, 2015.  Exact date TBD.

April 25th 2014, Beach Book Festival (, fee $50. The grand prize for the 2015 Beach Book Festival is a $500 appearance fee and a flight to San Francisco awards program.

April 30th 2015, International Book Awards (, fee $79.

May 1st 2015, Purple Dragonfly Book Awards (, fee $65. The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are geared toward stories that appeal to children of all ages. We are looking for stories that inspire, inform, teach or entertain. A Purple Dragonfly Book Awards seal on your book's cover tells parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers they are giving children the very best in reading excellence.

May 25th 2015, New York Book Festival (, fee $50. The grand prize for the 2015 New York Book Festival Author of the Year is a $1,500 appearance fee and a flight to New York for the June awards.

June 25th 2015, Hollywood Book Festival (, fee $75. The grand prize for the 2015 Hollywood Book Festival Author of the Year is a $1,500 appearance fee and a flight to Los Angeles for the gala awards ceremony, to be held in July, 2015 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, home of the first Academy Awards.

July 1st 2015, SCBWI Book Launch Award (, must be a member of the SCBWI (annual fee $85).

Sep 2015, Nautilus Book Awards (, fee $175.

Oct 1st 2015, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards (, fee $60. The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards were conceived to honor published authors of all types of literature - fiction and nonfiction - in 60 categories, appealing to a wide range of ages and comprehensive list of genres.

Oct 15th 2015, Cybils Awards (, (Children’s and Young Adult’s Literary Awards).

Ongoing, Mom's Choice Awards (, fee $300. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children and families. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

Ongoing, Story Monsters (, fee $85. (Children’s Literature)

Ongoing, Creative Child Awards (, fee $75. (Children’s Literature)

To your success!

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